Team Personnel The Lions claimed on waivers tight end John Owens, who played eight games for New Orleans this season and started his NFL career with the Lions in 2002-04. They returned tight end Rudy Sylvan to the practice squad.
The question is how the Lions will manage running back Kevin Jones, who has been battling soreness in his left foot this season after coming back from a serious injury. Jones left Sunday's game at Arizona with soreness, and if he plays a full load against the Giants, he might not be able to play five days later against Green Bay on Thanksgiving Day.
Individual Player Notes
GAME PLAN: The Lions' No. 1 job will be to protect Kitna. They must block the Giants' front four. The receivers must get open better so Kitna can get rid of the ball quicker. A better running game would help keep the rush at bay. On defense, the Lions must contain Plaxico Burress with their zone and pressure quarterback Eli Manning into mistakes. They cannot allow the Giants to burn them with big plays.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Lions RT George Foster, who has been struggling, vs. Giants LDE Michael Strahan, the NFL's active sacks leader. Foster has taken nine false-start penalties this season, most in the NFL, and has been missing blocking assignments, too. Now he must face Strahan and Green Bay's Aaron Kampman within five days. Foster is still making the transition from Denver's relatively simple blocking schemes to Mike Martz's complex offense.
Lions WR Roy Williams, who caught two touchdown passes Sunday, vs. Giants CB Aaron Ross, a rookie. Williams said he knows Ross well. They're both from the University of Texas. If Williams gets this matchup and has any inside knowledge, he needs to use it to his advantage because he needs to make more plays to stretch the field and take some pressure off the running game. Williams hasn't surpassed 100 receiving yards since Weeks 2 and 3.
INJURY IMPACT: Defensive end Dewayne White probably won't be at full strength if he plays. Running back Kevin Jones aggravated his sore left foot when he was tackled Sunday at Arizona, and he could be limited again.